Sunday, October 30, 2016

Hebrew Israelite Myth #12 : There was no virgin birth of Jesus, Jesus' biological father is Joseph

Hebrew Israelite Myth : There was no virgin birth of Jesus, Jesus' biological father is Joseph 

Hebrew Israelite Verse: John 1:45: Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.

Response : 

The irony with this myth is that the Hebrew Israelites make an appeal to science stating that a virgin birth does not conform to science. However, there is no dispute with the Hebrew Israelites that God performs miracles : 

Aaron's rod changedEgyptExd 7:10-12
Waters made bloodEgyptExd 7:20-25
DarknessEgyptExd 10:21-23
Death of the first-bornEgyptExd 12:2930
Red SeaEgyptExd 14:21-31
Balaam's ass speakingPethorNum 22:21-35
The river Jordan dividedRiver JordanJos 3:14-17
Sun and moon stand stillGibeonJos 10:12-14
Widow's son raisedZarephath1Ki 17:17-24
River Jordan dividedRiver Jordan2Ki 2:7814
Sun goeth backJerusalem2Ki 20:9-11
Uzziah struck with leprosyJerusalem2Ch 26:16-21
Shadrach, Meshach, etc., deliveredBabylon

So when Isaiah says he will send a "sign", Isaiah 7:14, that a virgin will conceive why does this miracle not align with the Hebrew Israelite narrative? Are miracles out of the question for God? 

The context for this verse is this is when Jesus starts to gather his disciples, first Andrew and Simon (Peter) and on the very next day he finds Philip and on that same day Philip runs and gets Nathanael. John is stating what Phillip said not what Jesus said about himself. Just as when Jesus asked Peter who do they say I am, Peter gave a wide range of answers.

In contrast there are very clear verses in both the Old and New Testaments that prove that Mary was a virgin when Jesus was conceived and when he was born. In the Old Testament :
  • Isaiah 7:14 Seven hundred years before the birth of Christ, the prophet Isaiah said, ‘ Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.'
Then we have the account of the virgin birth in both Luke and in Matthew. Here is the example in  Matthew 1 :
  • Matthew 1: 18Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. 19Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. 20But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. 21And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. 24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife: 25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
There are several reasons why the virgin birth was a necessity:
  • The Bible teaches that the Word who became flesh was with God from the beginning (John 1:1).
  • The fact of the pre-existence of Christ is testified many times in the New Testament (John 8:58Philippians 2:5–11Colossians 1:1516).
  • Another reason why Jesus needed to be virgin-born was because of his sinless nature. A basic New Testament teaching is that from the day he was born until the day he died, Jesus was without sin. To be a perfect sacrifice, he must himself be perfect – without sin. Since our race is contaminated with sin, a miraculous entrance into the world would be required, hence the virgin birth.
  • Moreover, if Jesus had been sired by Joseph, he would not have been able to claim legal rights to the throne of David. According to the prophecy of Jeremiah 22:28–30, there could be no king in Israel who was a descendant of King Jeconiah, and Matthew 1:12 relates that Joseph was from the line of Jeconiah. If Jesus had been fathered by Joseph, he could not rightly inherit the throne of David, since he was a relative of the cursed line.

The view of the virgin birth was also supported and documented by the early chruch fathers:
  • Ignatius a.d. 30–107
    • And God the Word was truly born of the Virgin, having clothed Himself with a body of like passions with our own. He who forms all men in the womb, was Himself really in the womb, and made for Himself a body of the seed of the Virgin, but without any intercourse of man.
      • The Epistle of Ignatius to the Trallians Chapter X.—The reality of Christ’s passion.
      • It is important to show Ignatius’ position given he was a disciple of the Apostille John

  • Justin Martyr a.d. 110–165
    • For they who affirm that the Son is the Father, are proved neither to have become acquainted with the Father, nor to know that the Father of the universe has a Son; who also, being the first-begotten Word of God, is even God. And of old He appeared in the shape of fire and in the likeness of an angel to Moses and to the other prophets; but now in the times of your reign, having, as we before said, become Man by a virgin, according to the counsel of the Father, for the salvation of those who believe on Him

Questions :
  • How can you deny the virgin birth of Jesus given Matthew 1:18-23 and Isaiah 7:14? 
  • If Joseph was his father, how could Jesus take the throne of David given Jospeh is the descendant of King Jeconiah (Matthew 1:12)  and no descendant of King Jeconiah could be king (Jeremian 22:28-30)
  • Didn't Jesus have to be a perfect sacrifice for our sins, and it stated Jesus knew no sin (2 Corth 5:21)  and if he was born of the mans seed wouldn't he have inherited Adam's sin (Romans 5:12) ? 
  • If Isaiah says God will give you a sign and it is a "young woman" giving birth of a child, what kind of sign is that, it happens every day. The sign just as the verse says is that a virgin will bring forth a child. 

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